Teams Compete in 2023 Coggin 6th Grade Basketball Championships
The top two girls and boys teams competed on Wednesday, October 11, in the 2023 Coggin 6th Grade Basketball Championships.
The Lady Lions and the Swishettes played for the girl’s sixth-grade basketball championship, and excited the audience with a very close and exciting game. The Lady Lions defeated the Swishettes with a score of 15 to 14. Lexi Driskill scored all 15 points for the Lady Lions. Lynlee Richmon scored 11 points and Novah Matheny scored 3. Driskill was also the highest scorer for the season with a total of 182 points and Richmon came in second for high points with a total of 85 points.
“This was an awesome basketball season for us,” stated Coach Haylee Ratliff. “It’s our first year to have the pre-athletic program at Coggin and it made a big difference in how the girls were able to progress. Overall, I was very happy with how each team competed throughout the season. I’m proud of all the girls.
Coach Hohertz and Coach Garcia were a huge help. They refereed all of the games for us; Hohertz always visits during our class periods to help teach and encourage. They also bring varsity players in to coach the teams. That adds something special to the experience for the 6th graders. I want to give a big thank you to them for everything they do for our basketball season.”
BHS Basketball Coach Heather Hohertz echoed praise for the sixth-grade girl players. “The girls worked hard over the past six weeks,” stated Hohertz. “Each game the girls improved their skill. It was awesome to see some of the girls who have never played enjoy the game. I want to thank Coach Ratliff for continuing this tradition. I want to also thank Coach Garcia for helping me ref and teach the game. Lastly, I am grateful for my girls to be able to give back and teach the game they love.”
The Lady Lions team included players Lexi Driskill (captain), Mia Garcia, Breelynn Penn, Rylin Jones, Isabella Webb, Zayle Yarbrough, Cheryl Bor, Brooklyn Curtis, Bella Herrada, and Haylee Hopkins. The Lady Lions were coached by Kate Tindol and Kimber Green.
The Swishetts team included players Lynlee Richmon (captain), Ellie Lee, Maddox Espinoza, Tynli Welker, Naomi Cruz, McLayne Murray, Alyson Ramirez, Capri Muir, Novah Matheny, and Abigail Behler. The Swishettes were coached by Olivia Ringer, Sidney Windham, and Adyson Neel.
For the boys sixth-grade championship game, the teams were designated by white and maroon jerseys. The white team came out on top with a final score of 24 to 20. The players scoring for the white team included Brooks Booth (7 points), Jakaiden DeShields (7 points), Angel Rodriguez (6 points), Juan Martinez (2 points), and Julian Goodman (2 points). For the maroon team, point-earners included Bennett Williams (8 points), Cooper Cooke (6 points), Carter Troutman (4 points), and Parker Dennison (2 points).
“I would like to thank Brownwood High School Athletics for letting us use the High School Gym for our boys and girls Championship Games,” stated coach Brandon Brown. “I would like to thank Coach Parker and Coach Hohertz for helping us this year as well as for sending their high school players to coach and mentor every game. I would also like to thank Coach Dalleh and Howard Payne for sending their guys over to help mentor as well. Both were a huge positive influence on our basketball program. Thank you to our BISD administration for supporting these events and Charles Musgrove for the media coverage. We’d also like to thank parents for all their support. All the boys that participated this season did a fantastic job!”
Players donning white jerseys included Brooks Booth, Angel Rodriguez, Jakaiden DeShields, Juan Martinez, Daniel Cardenas, Julian Goodman, Wyatt Willson, Brock Noyola, and Jearon Hernandez.
The maroon team consisted of players Bennett Williams, Carter Troutman, Cooper Cooke, Ethan Musick, Braxton Merket, Luis Murillo, Easton Copeland, Parker Dennison, and Stevan Young.